Latest News for HBO's Documentary

HBO Documentaries are a cornerstone of the network's premium lineup. Unlike anything done on other networks- HBO empowers filmmakers to explore their world and share it with the rest of us through their eyes. Academy Award winning films have been launched on HBO and great documentaries are produced year in and year out. Air times vary so keep an eye on this page for the latest updates or check out our schedule page above. We're one of the only sites on the web that reviews all of HBO's Docs. The following is the latest news and commentary on HBO's documentary films.

HBO Documentary Special: SAVING MY TOMORROW

HBO Documentary Special: SAVING MY TOMORROW

Overview: Straight from a HBO Press Release -   HBO AND THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY PRESENT SAVING MY TOMORROW, STARTING WITH A TWO-PART FAMILY SPECIAL DEBUTING DEC. 15, FOLLOWED BY A SERIES BEGINNING ON EARTH DAY, APRIL 22, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO ——–  “Earth is our home. We only have one and if we mess this up… where do we go next? We don’t have another earth right next to us, just in case we lose this one,” says Hippocrates Polemis, an eight-year-old featured in SAVING MY TOMORROW. From the children who will inherit the planet comes a collection of songs, activism and heartfelt tips for protecting...

HBO Documentary Films: REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG

HBO Documentary Films: REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG

Overview: Passionate and gracefully outspoken, Susan Sontag was a prominent literary, political and feminist icon. As a critic, novelist, teacher, filmmaker, activist and iconoclast, her love of learning and examinations of cultural and political ideas made her both a compelling public figure and a significant 20th-century critic. A complex person, Sontag fiercely guarded her privacy, despite her boldness in the literary world. A layered look at a towering cultural critic and writer whose works on photography, war, and illness, still resonate today, REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG debuted MONDAY, DECEMBER 08 at 9:00pm.This documentary features a...

HBO Documentary Development Slate: Scientology; Cobain & More

HBO Documentary Development Slate: Scientology; Cobain & More

This writer was trying to hold out for a press release regarding the line-up of documentaries forthcoming through the winter before announcing any such news. We have yet to receive any such notice. However, some news as of late has dropped about some big documentary films ahead in 2015 that we were eager to share. We will address any further news on the documentary front, but for now here is what is shaping up.  HBO Announces A Comprehensive Scientology DocumentaryJohn Travolta, Tom Cruise, Kirstie Allen, Greta Van Susteren, Nancy Cartwright, Jenna Elfman, Juliette Lewis, Beck, Anne Archer, Catherine Bell, Danny Masterson, Bijou...

HBO Documentary Films: THE LAST PATROL

HBO Documentary Films: THE LAST PATROL

 Overview: A few years ago, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Sebastian Junger (Academy Award nominated Restrepo) planned a walk from Washington, D.C. to New York City along Amtrak railroad lines with his close friend, acclaimed war reporter Tim Hetherington. After Hetherington was killed covering the Libyan civil war in 2011, (reported in the HBO documentary WHICH WAY IS THE FRONT LINE FROM HERE? THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TIM HETHERINGTON, by Junger) Junger decided to take the same trip, joined instead by a Spanish photographer who was at Hetherington’s side when he died and two combat vets they’d known in Afghanistan. Chronicling their...

HBO Documentary Films: MR. DYNAMITE: THE RISE OF JAMES BROWN

HBO Documentary Films: MR. DYNAMITE: THE RISE OF JAMES BROWN

Overview:  James Brown changed the face of American music forever. Charting his journey from rhythm and blues to funk, this documentary features rare and previously unseen footage, interviews and photographs, chronicling the musical ascension of “the hardest working man in show business,” from his first hit, “Please, Please, Please,” in 1956, to his iconic performances at the Apollo Theater, the T.A.M.I. Show, the Paris Olympia and more. Directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney and produced by Mick Jagger, the feature-length documentary was made with the unique cooperation of the Brown Estate, which opened its archives for the first...

HBO Documentary Films: PRIVATE VIOLENCE

HBO Documentary Films: PRIVATE VIOLENCE

Overview:  Presented during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, PRIVATE VIOLENCE emphasizes the stigma domestic violence still carries for its victims, telling the stories of two women: Deanna, a victim turned survivor, and Kit Gruelle, a survivor who advocates for justice on behalf of Deanna and other battered women. Highlighting the complex, frustrating realities of the abuse women suffer every day at the hands of intimate partners, as well as the difficulties of prosecuting domestic violence cases, the timely documentary offers a gripping story. It is a fact: the most dangerous place for women in America is their own home. One in four...

HBO Documentary Films: THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH AUNT DIANE

HBO Documentary Films: THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH AUNT DIANE

Overview: On Sunday, July 26, 2009, Diane Schuler left the campgrounds in upstate New York where she was vacationing with her family and set off towards home on Long Island, a drive she had made numerous times before.  With her were five young children:  her son, her daughter and three nieces.  Four hours later, she drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway for nearly two miles eventually crashing into an oncoming SUV, killing herself and seven others.  One of the worst motor-vehicle accidents in New York State history, the tragedy quickly became national news and her actions on that day, and in the past, were thrust under a...

FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS Debuts Friday, 10.17.14

FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS Debuts Friday, 10.17.14

The Foo Fighters are about to rock your world from sites all over the country. Are you ready to travel the SONIC HIGHWAYS? HBOWatch posted the official Press Release back on 05.15.14 announcing the arrival of this documentary series showcasing the talents of Dave Grohl and band as they travel the country fleshing out a new album. That followed up with the first Teaser (06.29.14) and  a Premiere Announcement on 07.11.14. Now the show is ready to premiere. The first episode debuts Friday, October 17 at 11:00pm ET and takes us to Chicago, Illinois. Chicago has been a mecca for music of all sorts, with acts as diverse as Cheap Trick, Etta...

HBO Documentary Films: HUNTED: THE WAR AGAINST GAYS IN RUSSIA

HBO Documentary Films: HUNTED: THE WAR AGAINST GAYS IN RUSSIA

Overview: Homosexuality was legalized in Russia 21 years ago, but gay people in the country have yet to win mainstream acceptance. In fact, attitudes in Russia appear to be moving backwards. With jobs and relationships at risk if their sexual orientation is exposed, most gay Russians remain closeted. This documentary features disturbing insider footage of homophobic Russians who, in the name of morality or religion, beat and torment gay people, posting graphic videos of their encounters online with few or no legal repercussions. These vigilantes see homosexuality as related to pedophilia, stating publicly that their justification for...

HBO Documentary Films: THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT

HBO Documentary Films: THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT

Overview: THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT, directed by Oscar winner Martin Scorsese and longtime documentary collaborator David Tedeschi, debuted MONDAY, SEPT. 29 at 9:00pm ET. The documentary profiles the provocative and influential publication  The New York Review of Books and its charismatic and indefatigable founding editor, Robert Silvers, who, along with his co-editor, Barbara Epstein (who passed away in 2006), has guided the Review  since its launch over a half-century ago. Explains Martin Scorsese, “I have learned so much over the years from The New York Review of Books . It has given me so much that I jumped at the chance to make this...

HBO Documentary Films: DEATH ON A FACTORY FARM

HBO Documentary Films: DEATH ON A FACTORY FARM

Overview: Each year, ten billion animals are raised for consumption in the U.S., mostly on sprawling, industrialized farms, where virtually no federal laws mandate how the animals are treated – though guidelines exist – and state laws are ineffective. As a result, animals are frequently subjected to what many consider cruel treatment and inhumane conditions in the interest of economic efficiency. DEATH ON A FACTORY FARM chronicles an investigation into alleged abuses that took place at a hog farm in Creston, Ohio. This shocking documentary is produced by Tom Simon (a seven-time Emmy winner) and Sarah Teale, producer of the 2006...

STATE OF PLAY Documentaries Return in November

STATE OF PLAY Documentaries Return in November

Straight from an HBO Press Release comes news of additional episodes of the sports documentary series STATE OF PLAY. HBOWatch announced the creation of that series and since only one report has aired. That piece, STATE OF PLAY: TROPHY KIDS, was reviewed. Now, here is a look at what is ahead.   HBO Sports and executive producers Peter Berg (pictured) and Sarah Aubrey team up again for four innovative documentaries from the acclaimed STATE OF PLAY franchise, debuting Tuesdays in prime time for four consecutive weeks starting TUESDAY, NOV. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.   STATE OF PLAY: CULTURE SHOCK, the first new film...

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